Terminal Gamer's first annual Game of the Year awards announces their choice for the best RPG of 2009.
Kind of a safe bet. Their runners up were: Demon's Souls, Mario and Luigi. Honorable mentions to: Legend of Zelda, Borderlands and, erm... Last Remnant. The last choice kinda calls the whole selection into question for me, as that game was a turd on almost all accounts, by pretty much anyone who touched the game. Maybe they meant the PC version, but even that was dreadful.
Edge Magazine must have been smoking some good stuff when they reviewed Dragon Age; they gave it a 5.
omni_atlas - The people at Edge always make bad reviews, they're just unhappy that DAO was better on the PS3 then the 360 (in terms of graphics, though I heard the 360 version runs a bit smoother) and gave it a low score. Please, never take Edge reviews seriously people.
and i wont stop playing it anytime soon, amazing game, amazing! RPG of the year! mabye even GOTY. IMO
Dragon Age deserves it even though Demons' Souls was awesome. Both got me addicted but there's so much more character story, voice acting, stupidity, racism, sexism, perspectives, endings, etc on Dragon Age. Bioware knows how to make an engrossing story and good gameplay. Though DA has nothing on DS's gameplay. One thing i hated about DA is the whole idea of the Blight. The more i know about it, the more ridiculous the whole Warden's Joining sounded. Why kill people who refuse the Joining? Other people fight the Darkspawns just fine. Also, the Blight is only a fraction of the real problem and it's never addressed in the story. Why not slaughter every last Darkspawn especially those Broodmothers underground to finally put a stop to it FOREVER instead of waiting another 400 years till the Darkspawns are in the hundreds of thousands or millions?
I love Bioware, love love love love them and everything they make, almost unconditionally. It's too hard for me to rank my favorite developers, but if I had to, they'd be fighting Naughty Dog and Valve for the top spot. But I gotta say, for me, Demon's Souls > Dragon Age. And as far as the whole "dark fantasy" theme goes, DS makes DA feel like Mary Poppins.
I would have to agree. While Dragon Age had the better story, the all out better game should go to Demon's Souls. Funny, since it's FROM's first really great dark RPG in over 5 years. I have Dragon's Age on my PC and while it's a great game, ultimately Demon's Souls was more satisfying. It's an RPG that is designed to kick your ass and kill you more than a Talon Mercenary member in Fallout 3. You really need to prepare before trying to tackle an area in Demon's Souls. If not, you WILL die. The great online aspect of DS also pervades. I've never personally finished off the Flamelurker Boss in 2-3 by myself. I've always had help by summoning help. Truly a great RPG.
Yeah, definitely more satisfying. There's something about knowing you could die at any moment and having actual consequences for your death instead of just loading a previous save that keeps you on edge. It makes every little victory feel incredibly rewarding. The combat gives you this rush that's easy to get addicted to. I had a lot of trouble putting up with Dragon Age's combat, it's simply not my thing and I don't like having to micromanage that much (but I can totally see why so many people love that style of combat). Though they're extremely different games so it's kind of hard to compare them on a lot of levels.
Yup, I agree with the above, Demon's Souls really does take the cake. However, I have split my time quite evenly between Demon's Souls and Dragon Age. They both have their strengths in almost entirely different ends of the RPG spectrum, and on both sides, those strengths are... well, freakin' strong. I think more casual gamers would be interested in DA. I've recommended that to a few of my friends, because I know they'd enjoy it. I couldn't say that to many people about Demon's Souls. I'm not sure if that's a case study on the national view or an indictment of my friends, but that's how it's been so far.
DA:O is definitely my RPG GOTY.
Definitely wouldn't mind checking out Dragon Age at some point (just got too much to play at this moment). I've heard great things about it. Currently, however, I'm playing the runner-up Demon's Souls and I gotta say: Great game. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, it's addictively hard in a fun way. Very satisfying when you go through having to work your way through a section getting your ass kicked around every other corner only to reset and approach it differently to make it through finally. Have a friend on my list though that's been playing Dragon Age while I play Demon's Souls and she says the game is very fun. I've heard it's much more involving with the story as well. Considering all the praise it's getting it might be the next RPG I get around to playing.
Their both great games with lots of replay value. Personally, I would go with DS, but make no mistake - DA:O is still a great game that's worthy of the award. Both of them are nothing short of greatness.
Last Remnant sucked from a running standpoint. The framerate was just fail. I'm willing to put money down that alot of people talk about it without even playing it for a couple days, because if they did more walk than talk they'd know that it was a very good JRPG that stood away from the gay cliche characters and themes of most JRPGs. The Last Remnant without those terrible framerate drops could of been a better JRPG installing to the HDD helps somewhat.
This is actually wrong, pretty much every thing was wrong with The Last Remnant. It wasn't fun, the battle system was dumb and got old really fast, the towns were all small and it had way too many NPCs that you couldn't interact with at all, the story was cookie cutter, the controls rank in my top 5 worst games to control (imagine trying to control a feather in a hurricane)...but it looked pretty good. That's all it had going for it.
Dragonage is easily the RPG of the year pc version of course. The amount of strategy required to play this game specially with the pc version makes any other rpg or game for that matter look shallow.
@i3eyond the Circle : I pumped a fair few hours into this gotten quite far into the first disc. However the difficulty just ramped up on me and the lack of being able to give specific orders to my parties led to close call and failures in a fair few cases. When I need to heal and there is no option its a bit ludicrous. The sad part was that I was really enjoying the game. I am currently on my first play through of DA:0 and am really enjoying it
Dragonage PC is my rpg goty.
I'll definitely buy this game, but it's much better to wait for the GOTY version like Oblivion or Fallout 3 considering this game has so many DLC's, no sense to keep paying more for DLC.
DA is good.... Demons Souls...is 10x better in terms of something new, refreshing. Just the atmosphere of DS puts the gamer in the game like no other I have seen. DS is way to hard for me and I have to watch my friend play it and even that is a blast. sorry DA is good, but doesn't do jack to push the genre
Besides the things you can do while playing online and the difficulty, DS didn't really do anything that hasn't already been done. People keep talking about how it pushes the genre, but it's really just another action rpg with good gameplay. Story wise it is "meh" at best. I'm not trying to say it isn't a good game, but it's far from as good as some people make it out to be.
played ds at a friends house, having to restart the level just because you died is utterly annoying - the clues by other players are hardly helpful. I just want to enjoy and have a fun experience not cuss at the controller.
Dragon Age is a great game and I can see where someone would say it is RPG of the Year, but for me Demon's Souls is the way to go. Ya know, for as much as EDGE, beetches about innovation and something fresh, they sure did shy away from it in this category. Not that Dragon Age isin't great, its just not as forward looking as Demon's Souls.
I really don’t like awards. I do like reviews and scores as an average between all reviewers (even players). The reason I don’t like these awards is because one game can be multiplatform, while others can be just for one platform. Multiplatform games can be awesome on one system, while mediocre on another. But going from what you guys are saying, if Demon Souls is a better game then it lost the award because it is only on the PS3. I will have to check it out since I do own a PS3. But I am mostly a PC gamer and only played Dragon Age and in my opinion, it is one of the best games out there (PC version anyway).
Magna Carta 2, Star Ocean 4, Dragon Age those are my RPGs of 2009. But if u ask me what is the Best? I'll say Demon's Soul. a Black Phantom yeah.
I think it's the best rpg this year because like they always do bioware has crafted a great story. The story is the main reason why I play rpg's and bioware always make the player's choices affect what happens in the game's world. This gives you a reason to do multiple playthroughs just to see how the story changes based on your actions. I have watched my roommate play and beat demon soul's and it looks like it focuses on giving the player a sense of accomplishment from defeating tough enemies instead of telling a good story. I can understand how some people could prefer satisfaction from combat than from a good story in a rpg but I'm not one of those people so for me dragon age is the best rpg this year.
I agree with you about DA:O, I love it. I've put a massive amount of time into playing it. I haven't completed it yet as I'm taking my time, also because I play different games in between as well. But the fact that you can play through the game differently will also keep me coming back to it for a long while. I don't think DA:O and DS should be compared though as they are imo completely different games. While DS falls into the rpg category it's a in a league of it's own. DA:O is a more traditional rpg, and I love it for that reason, a return to the days that BG ruled the roost. The best thing is to own both games really, so much gaming for your money.
Those that have played dragon age origins on consoles are really missing out. Dragon age pc>Demon's Souls>Dragon age consoles imo
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